Direct liquid fuel cells are considered an ideal electrochemical energy device to supplement Li-batteries in some special applications, due to the higher energy density of liquid fuel, quiet operation, and independent of charging plugs. We are interested in develop direct carbohydrazide fuel cells with high power density and high energy and fuel efficiency. Now we are investigating electrochemical reaction mechanisms of carbohydrazide, hydrazine and ammonia over different types of catalysts in various conditions, and exploring efficient anode catalyst materials, with the ultimate goal of developing novel carbohydrazide fuel cell technologies.
Sponsor: Iowa Reagents Innovation Fund (RIF)
Wenzhen Li Research Group
Electrochemistry / Catalysis / Energy
/ Environment / Agriculture / Sustainability
Welcome to Dr. Wenzhen Li's Research Lab at Iowa State University!
We are a group of researchers passionate about understanding the mechanisms of important electrochemical transformations of small molecules for potential energy, environmental and agricultural applications. The acquired new understandings and insights will enable us to explore novel electrochemical materials, and more efficient processes and devices (electrolyzers, fuel cells, and batteries). Our current research activities include development of advanced electrocatalysts, electrochemical conversion of biomass feedstock to chemicals and fuels, ammonia electrosynthesis, carbon dioxide reduction, innovative electrolysis systems for hydrogen production, electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide, and paired electrolyzer design. Our interdisciplinary research is at the interface of electrocatalysis science and engineering, with a core research strength in the design of electrochemical flow cells.
In Summer 2023, we will meet 9:00-11:00 AM Mondays in BRL Conference Room 1140H. We welcome graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in catalysis, fuel cells, electrolyzers, biorenewables and energy research to join us.
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
617 Bissell Rd.
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Dr. Wenzhen Li
Office: 2140 BRL
Phone: (515) 294-4582
Last Updates: 4/30/2023